Child sponsorship has been around for decades, and there’s a good reason for that — IT WORKS! Children in developing countries often have limited access to education because their families can’t afford the fees. But education is the only possible route out of the dire poverty in which they live… Hence the problem!
IN UGANDA, MANY SCHOOLS SAY THEY HAVE “FREE TUITION” BUT THEN PILE ON FEES FOR MANY OTHER THINGS: UNIFORMS, EXAMS, ACTIVITIES, AND BOARDING FEES IF THE CHILD BOARDS AT THE SCHOOL. MOST EVEN REQUIRE THAT CHILDREN BRING ESSENTIALS TO BE GIVEN TO THE SCHOOL, SUCH AS BROOMS AND TOILET PAPER. THIS PUTS EDUCATION OUT OF REACH OF ABOUT HALF OF THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE COUNTRY.
HOW DOES SPONSORSHIP HELP?
First and foremost, your sponsorship fee lets the child know that he or she can continue in school, for each term, and for each year. Many children do go to school, but sporadically: one or two of the three terms a year, or skipping years altogether. Fees are due at the start of each term, so if the family doesn’t have the money, the child can’t go. There are many young people in their twenties who are still trying to finish their basic education.
In addition, your sponsorship helps:
- Ensure that basic medical needs are met. Malaria medication can save a child’s life, but only if the child’s family or guardian can afford it.
- Assists in the school’s expenses, such as teachers’ salaries, infrastructure, and boarding facilities.
- Helps provide the child food.
WHAT DOES THE SPONSOR GET?
When you sponsor a child, you get the gift of making all the difference in the world to an impoverished child. Knowing someone cares enough to send money for them is huge to a child who has felt unloved, unwanted, and unseen.
We also facilitate communication between the child and his or her sponsor, and thanks to the internet, that’s done in near real-time. We can exchange letters and photos at the touch of a phone screen, so you’ll know if you’re child is ill, cheer them on when they’re in need of encouragement, and celebrate with them when they do well.
To change a child’s life today, go to our Sponsorship page, or click here to make an immediate donation and we’ll match you with a child.